Cassandra keeps on singing.
In its latest apocalyptic alarm, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that the Earth will reach the point of no return in eight years.
As emissions soar higher and higher, the world is rapidly burning through its "carbon budget" for limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees celsius over pre-industrial temperatures, according to a Washington Post article.
The world can release just 500 more megatons of carbon to have any hope of meeting that threshold set at the Paris Climate Summit. At the present rate, the budget will be blown in less than a decade.
Failure to slash emissions will result in the earth heating to 3.2 degrees Celsius, or 5.8 degrees Farenheit, by the end of this century.
That'll make most of the world uninhabitable.
Monday's report was the third warning issued recently by the panel. The New York Times ran a page-one article on the report, but the panel's in-depth assessments by scientists from across the globe have yet to generate urgency among world leaders, especially developed countries.
Russia's massacre of Ukraine has led to a renewed commitment to oil and gas drilling more than a green economy. Opposition from Joe Manchin, the senator from coal, killed President Biden's climate-change plan. With gas prices rising, Biden abandoned reducing emissions by announcing the release of oil from strategic reserves.
The Ukranian disaster is horrifying. Climate change is more so.